Seeking 1711

Seeking 1711

Seeking 1717

Seeking 1717

Young Kang

Artist Statement


Since I immigrated to the United States in 1979, I have been seen much strife in America and other parts of the world from civil unrest to domestic violence.  This has made me contemplate what life was about.  It was the perfect balance of good and evil and the acceptance of both. However, through this, I found myself craving for what I wanted most: "Peace and Harmony".

In my 2007 exhibition, "Overcome" was a series that captured the abstract essence of trees that represented triumph against all hardships faced throughout life.  In the year of 2009, the aim for my new series is similar to my past works, enclosing the relationship and characteristics of human beings and trees.

Between 2010 and 2013, my work, "Longing" consisted of a new idea and method of painting.  I was pulled in by the effects that the press produced.  The unpredictable colors that came to life were beyond my own imagination.  The fluidity of their movements are beautiful and they seem to have no boundaries.

In 2014, I decided to revisit the idea of "Overcome" this last year.  The life of a tree can represent the struggles and strength of human beings.  As a tree moves through its different phases of life, it must face many adversities.  However, as its foundation develops and its branches strengthen, the tree builds itself to stand with great stability.

In 2016, I found myself thinking of how people are always searching or seeking for something in life. "Seeking" represents our journey and our pursuit of searching for more. The need to change, the discovery of a new path in life, or rebuilding from pain drives us to find happiness.  Using a palette of different colors, I have symbolized people through figurative shapes and forms to represent the never-ending journey of seeking that we long for.

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